Walter Trout, the blues guitarist and singer, has talked about how his style has changed with the great impact of the rock legend Eric Clapton as he referred to the collaboration album ‘Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton.’
During his recent interview with Classic Rock, the legendary blues musician Walter Trout has revealed one of the albums that changed his perspective in music and inspired him a lot.
As Trout is celebrating the release of his brand new album, ‘Ordinary Madness,’ he has recalled the first years of his career. Admitted that he was imitating Michael Bloomfield on guitar in his early period, Walter Trout said that his approach changed when heard Eric Clapton.
Trout explained that he realized he could blend rock ‘n’ roll and blues as Clapton does successfully. Walter said he discovered he can come up with this hybrid guitar approach while listening to the 1966 album, ‘Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton.’
The album Trout pointed out is colloquially known as ‘The Beano Album.’ It is a studio album by the English blues-rock band John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers in collaboration with Eric Clapton.
Produced by Mike Vernon and released in 1966 by Decca Records and London Records, it pioneered a guitar-dominated blues-rock sound. In 2003 and 2012, Rolling Stone ranked it number 195 on its list of the ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time.’
Here is what Walter Trout said during the conversation about Eric Clapton and the album:
“I heard a different type of guitar playing here than was Bloomfield was doing. There was even a little more rock in the guitar, the tone of the guitar that Eric Clapton had in his approach.
When I listen to recordings of me in my early years, I sound like I’m imitating Michael Bloomfield. But then I heard Eric Clapton.
That really changed my approach also. I got more into realizing that you could blend rock ‘n’ roll and blues. You could blend the two and come up with this hybrid guitar approach and that album really did that for me.”
You can check out the rest of the interview here.